• Melissa Layton is a custom maternity, newborn, baby, children and family photographer located in Harleysville, Pennsylvania and serves both Bucks and Montgomery Counties, the surrounding areas including Lansdale, Skippack, Pottstown, Hatfield and beyond. Her residential studio is located just one mile off the Lansdale exit on the Pennsylvania turnpike.

Baby Nathan, 14 days young | Gilbertsville PA Newborn Photographer

I got to meet handsome little Nathan Morris 2 weeks after he was born at Phoenixville Hospital. He was so cute with these amazing, big cheeks! I couldn’t be happier with this session.

My favorite images from this session have to be the airplane ones. Nathan was such a great little sleeper for me, which was critical, since Mom and Dad were eying my large airplane. I haven’t used that prop in a while, so it was a real treat for me. And Nathan rocked that little plane, to his parents’ delight!

I also liked the pose where I wrapped him up like a little nugget—he looks just like a little package. Mom chose a pallet of navy and soft blue tones that complimented Nathan’s skin perfectly. What a handsome little man!

Mom told me about how they picked Nathan’s name, and it’s a wonderful story:
“It was a long road for us to have Nathan, and we couldn’t think of a more appropriate name. When we found out we were having a boy, it was then we named our little boy Nathan; it means ‘Gift from God.’ He is our angel.”

Robert & Karen, thank you for bringing your angel by to see me. He’s absolutely beautiful, and I truly hope to see him and to see you again soon.

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Thank you so much to Nathan’s Mom & Dad for choosing me to be their photographer and as always thank you for stopping by to take a look at this beautiful session. If you are looking for a Gilbertsville PA Newborn Photographer, be sure to check me out! If you are planning to book a session, please be sure to pre-book . . . especially those newborns! It is SO important, I have already starting booking as far out as this winter! It breaks my heart to have to tell someone that I don’t have a session available for them. You can easily contact me by using the contact tab at the top of this page or phone me at 215-896-9661.

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Baby Charlotte, 7 days young | Glenside PA Newborn Photographer

What a cutie! Charlotte Slade came to me 7 days after she was born at Abington Memorial Hospital, but even before that, I was excited to meet this little gal. Mom and Dad had already stopped by the studio before Charlotte was born to drop off Mom’s riding saddle to use in the newborn photos.

The day of the session, Charlotte was such a precious little bean! She was such a good sleeper, and we had an amazing session. She was also such a trooper when it came time to do pictures with the saddle. Mom REALLY wanted a very special image of her daughter with the saddle, so I had my fingers crossed that little Charlotte would cooperate with us. She was so good for us, and I’m in love with the end results!

The saddle image is a composite for baby safety (what a great keepsake!), and I know that’s a huge deal for Mom and Dad. Mom told me about getting the house safe for Charlotte:
When we found out we were pregnant, we thought it would be a good time to finish the upstairs renovations in our 95-year-old home. Everything had to be done—new walls, flooring, electrical, etc. Because I was pregnant, there were a ton of things I could no longer do. My parents came every Friday for months, driving 2 hours each way, to help tear down walls and scrape old paint. As we got closer to the end, it appeared we wouldn’t finish the last room, and George’s [Dad’s] parents came over every day for a week or two and did the entire room for us (from hanging sheet rock to painting trim). By the time Charlotte arrived, the entire upstairs was complete thanks to our parents. I felt so relieved knowing I would bring her home to a clean, safe home.

Jessica & George, thank you so much for letting me be a part of your lives and bringing Charlotte to come meet me. I’m so glad that we were able to get the images you wanted, and I look forward to seeing you all again very soon!

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Thank you so much to Charlotte’s Mom & Dad for choosing me to be their photographer and as always thank you for stopping by to take a look at this beautiful session. If you are looking for a Glenside PA Newborn Photographer, be sure to check me out! If you are planning to book a session, please be sure to pre-book . . . especially those newborns! It is SO important, I have already starting booking as far out as this winter! It breaks my heart to have to tell someone that I don’t have a session available for them. You can easily contact me by using the contact tab at the top of this page or phone me at 215-896-9661.

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Baby Andrew, 5 days young | Mount Laurel NJ Newborn Photographer

I always love seeing clients as their families grow! Andrew Kristofer came to me just 5 days after he was born at Virtua Voorhees, and he was so wonderful! It seems like just yesterday I was photographing his big sister, Avery.

Little Andrew was a much more cooperative newborn than his big sister! I was relieved that he had a little mercy on me and was a great sleeper (Mom and Dad joked with me as we reminisced about how awake Avery was during her session years ago). But Avery more than made up for it this session—she was one of the most polite, cooperative big sisters I’ve ever had in my studio! She held her little brother perfectly, and I was able to get some really great portraits of the two of them.

Mom told us that Avery was really excited about having a little brother, and she even knew Andrew was a boy before her parents did:
We originally thought we’d find out the sex but seemed to pass at every given opportunity. The tech even put the results in an envelope for us to open later, but we never did. It was so much fun to read into all the old wives tales to try and guess boy or girl. Once the bump appeared, more wagers were placed. It was almost a 50-50 split boy or girl. Oddly, our daughter leaned toward boy when talking about Baby Pickles (as the baby was fondly referred to in-utero). You’d think she’d want a little sister…

We kept the sex a secret all the way to delivery, much to my surprise. I often spoil surprises for myself, but not this one. Moments before birth, a nurse going from delivery to delivery came into our room and declared BOY from just a quick peek. She had already correctly guessed all the other surprises on the floor and was right for us, too. It was surreal. Our family was complete, and Avery had the little brother she’d been talking about for months!

Kris & Amanda, thank you so much for coming back to see me and for letting me be a part of this time in your lives. I know Avery is going to be a wonderful big sister, and I hope to see all of you again very soon. I can’t wait to see how you all grow together!

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Thank you so much to Andrew’s Mom & Dad for choosing me to be their photographer and as always thank you for stopping by to take a look at this beautiful session. If you are looking for a Mount Laurel NJ Newborn Photographer, be sure to check me out! If you are planning to book a session, please be sure to pre-book . . . especially those newborns! It is SO important, I have already starting booking as far out as this winter! It breaks my heart to have to tell someone that I don’t have a session available for them. You can easily contact me by using the contact tab at the top of this page or phone me at 215-896-9661.

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Baby Lia, 7 days young | Valley Forge PA Newborn Photographer

Lia Mary came to me 7 days after she was born—5 days early—at Paoli Hospital, and she is such a beautiful little girl! Mom and Dad were clearly already smitten with this little one, and it only took a few snuggles before she totally won me over, too.  I love a baby with hair (since my two were both baldies), and Lia had plenty of it!

This was such a fun session—Mom, Dad, and I couldn’t stop laughing. Dad was so funny and kept joking with me. He had me in stitches laughing! I even joked that I couldn’t hold the camera still if I was laughing. And cute little Lia only added to the comedy when she literally pooped ALL over Mom, the floor, and everything in her path the second I handed her off into Mom’s arms. It was bad, but we were all hysterically laughing. Even better? I’d just had a lengthy talk with Dad about removing his shoes and socks, and I know he thought I was nuts. So I think Lia was secretly trying to prove me right. But a full wardrobe change later, we were back on track for more pictures and more laughter!

I absolutely adore the parent images—parents showing a connection to their baby are my absolute favorite style of images. As for Lia alone, I love the images of her on the aqua. I think it compliments her so beautifully. Mom was excited to break out the pinks, so Lia’s gallery was a nice blend of soft pinks, aqua, and a nice neutral. She was such a beautiful baby to photograph!

Mom told me about picking Lia’s name:
“After lots of debate, we fell in love with Lia. It is the Italian spelling of this name and goes well with our Italian last name. We kept the name secret from all friends and family until the day she was born. We wanted to have a little surprise for everyone, since we already knew her gender.”

Tom & Rachel, you two were SO much fun to do a session with. I can’t believe how much laughter and joy you can bring with you, and I sincerely hope to see you again very soon for more!

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Thank you so much to Lia’s Mom & Dad for choosing me to be their photographer and as always thank you for stopping by to take a look at this beautiful session. If you are looking for a Valley Forge PA Newborn Photographer, be sure to check me out! If you are planning to book a session, please be sure to pre-book . . . especially those newborns! It is SO important, I have already starting booking as far out as this winter! It breaks my heart to have to tell someone that I don’t have a session available for them. You can easily contact me by using the contact tab at the top of this page or phone me at 215-896-9661.

Become a fan on Facebook and keep up with the latest studio news, see new set-ups and current availability.

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Baby Harper, 7 days young | Paoli PA Newborn Photographer

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Me FINALLY meeting baby Harper!

This was such a special session for me. I have literally been waiting YEARS for this day! My husband and I have watched his friend and colleague finally meet the love of his life—and now they’ve started a family! Precious little Harper Elizabeth came to meet me seven days after she was born at Paoli Hospital, and it was such a treat for me!!!

I was counting down the days until I got to meet Harper . . . and then the due date came and went! I knew better than to ask a mom past her due date ANYTHING that has to do with the fact that she is “still pregnant,” so I waited as patiently as I could. Asking that kind of question is only for the very brave (or very foolish)—it’s like poking a bear! Poor Mom not only went past her due date but she also had 2 failed induction attempts!

I’ll let her tell the whole story in her own words:
We were scheduled for an induction on Sunday, 8/10, but after 1 night in the hospital and 2 failed attempts at induction, we were discharged from the hospital and advised to wait until nature took its course. I was so disappointed because I was eager to meet our little girl, and more importantly, I wanted it know she was ok after 9 months of waiting.

We returned home on Monday, 8/11, and as luck would have it, I went into labor later that night. We went back to the hospital the morning of 8/12 and delivered Harper Elizabeth Kelly at 9:35 in the evening. We were very pleased to finally meet her and are happy to report she’s healthy and happy (if she’s fully fed!).

I guess Harper was just too cozy in there to come out just yet! She definitely seems to do things on her own schedule—when she came to me, she didn’t always want to sleep on my timetable, but lots of soothing and rocking later, we were able to get some really beautiful images. She even flashed me a few smiles!

Mom had requested a soft pallet of pink and pale tones, and they turned out so well. My favorite images are the ones in the garden basket with all the pink—I just love how it turned out!

Michael & Jaclyn, we are so very excited for the two of you! Harper is amazing, and I’m so pleased to get to be part of this time of growth and expansion for your beautiful family. I can’t wait to see you all again.

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Thank you so much to Harper’s Mom & Dad for choosing me to be their photographer and as always thank you for stopping by to take a look at this beautiful session. If you are looking for a Paoli PA Child Photographer, be sure to check me out! If you are planning to book a session, please be sure to pre-book . . . especially those newborns! It is SO important, I have already starting booking as far out as this winter! It breaks my heart to have to tell someone that I don’t have a session available for them. You can easily contact me by using the contact tab at the top of this page or phone me at 215-896-9661.

Become a fan on Facebook and keep up with the latest studio news, see new set-ups and current availability.

Don’t forget to leave a comment and hit the Facebook like button, there is a quick link right at the bottom left of the website, and keep up with all the new things happening here at Melissa Layton Photography!